Saturday, April 16, 2016

Lessons from a House for Sale

We are in the process of selling our house, in hopes of buying a one-story.  There have already been lessons along the way.

* You only have one chance at a good first impression.
* So the house can be viewed at any time, it is important to keep everything in its place.
* We have collected lots of things and memories in the 18 years we have lived in our home.
* Treasures from past years are not necessarily things we need to keep now.
* It’s been interesting to see what the boys still want to keep, what they want to give away, and what they no longer want.
* It’s easier to give away things, that we no longer need, when it is going to someone who needs it.
* Even though it was suggested that we pack away personal pictures and items, it does not take away from the memories.
* Having the blinds open and the lights on exposes either the cleanliness or the dirt.
* It takes effort to keep the clutter away.
* You don’t have to get ready if you stay ready.
* People can schedule to visit at any time.
* It’s the people that make a house a home, which was evidenced when all five grandkids came to play on Friday. 

It’s also important to make sure that I keep the clutter cleaned out of my life daily so that it doesn’t build up and cause me to need a major cleaning.  Since we don’t know when Jesus will return, we need to stay ready and make sure the treasures we are accumulating are ones with eternal value.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Matthew 6:19-20

 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”
Matthew 13:52

 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Luke 12:34

 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”
Matthew 25:13


  1. Wonderful post! Selling a house can be so tiring and overwhelming. From my experience, the best thing you can do is have a terrific agent in your corner with lots of experience in "staging" your home for potential buyers. When I was selling, we were also instructed to pack away personal items as they can distract the visitor from being able to visualize themselves in the space. Good luck!

    Veronica Perry @ Team Robinson Inc.

  2. Selling a house is a lot tougher these days. Buyers expect older homes to look like new houses so you will have to put away your personal items and keep the house looking clean and spacious. Just think what "treasures" you will rediscover when you unpack your things in your terrific new home. Good luck!